PENTASA MESALAZINE ENEMA 1G
Active substance(s): MESALAZINE / MESALAZINE / MESALAZINE
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− If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
− This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to
others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same
− If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side
effects not listed in this leaﬂet, please tell your doctor or
In this leaﬂet :
1. What Pentasa is and what it is used for
2. Before you use Pentasa
3. How to use Pentasa
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Pentasa
6. Further Information
1. WHAT PENTASA IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
3. HOW TO USE PENTASA
3. HOW TO USE PENTASA
use Pentasa exactly as your doctor has told you. You
Always use Pentasa exactly as your doctor has told you. You
Usually your doctor will ask you to use one enema at bedtime.
a. Immediately before use, take the enema bottle
a. Immediately before use, take the enema bottle
1. Immediately before use take the enema bottle
out of the aluminium foil pack and shake it well
2. To break the seal twist the nozzle clockwise
one full turn (the nozzle should then be in the
same direction as before turning)
3. Put your hand in one of the plastic disposal
bags provided in the pack
The name of this medicine is Pentasa Mesalazine Enema in the
form of a suspension. Each bottle contains mesalazine 1g in 100ml
of liquid as the active ingredient. Mesalazine belongs to a group
of medicines called salicylates.
Pentasa is used to treat inﬂammation in the gut caused by
conditions such as active ulcerative colitis where it is affecting the
last part of the colon and rectum (back passage).
4. Hold the container as shown in the picture.
The enema releases the active ingredient which then acts locally to
reduce the inﬂammation and help relieve or stop the pain.
2. BEFORE YOU USE PENTASA
Do Not use Pentasa if you :
• are allergic to mesalazine or any of the other ingredients in
• are allergic to any other salicylates e.g. Aspirin
• have severe liver or kidney problems
Pentasa is not suitable for use in children
Take special care with Pentasa
You should consult your doctor before using these enemas if:
• you currently have, or have previously had liver or kidney disease
• you are on any medication that may affect kidney function
• you have ever had an allergy to a medication called
If you suffer from kidney problems you will require regular check
ups by your doctors.
If you experience any unexplained bleeding, bruising, skin rashes,
fever or sore throat while using this medicine, stop using this
medicine and seek medical advice as soon as possible.
If you experience any chest pain, an increased heartbeat and
excess tiredness whilst using this medicine, stop using this
medicine and seek medical help as soon as possible.
You should make sure that you don’t become dehydrated, while you
are using this medicine. This can occur after severe or prolonged
attacks of vomiting and/or diarrhoea, high fever or heavy sweating.
If this dose occur, you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for
advice as soon as possible.
Using with other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have
recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained
without a prescription. This is especially important if you are taking
any of the following:
• Non steroidal anti inﬂammatories (NSAIDS)
• Azathioprin or 6-mercaptopurine
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are
breastfeeding you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before
taking this medicine, as they will need to decide if this medicine is
suitable for you.
5. To administer the enema, lie
on your left side with the left leg
straight and the right leg bent
forward for balance. Carefully
insert the applicator tip into the
rectum. Maintain sufﬁcient steady
hand pressure while dispersing
the bottle content. The bottle
content should be applied within
max 30-40 seconds.
6. Once the bottle is empty, withdraw the tip with the bottle still
7. The enema should be retained
in the bowel. Remain relaxed in
the administration position for 5-10
minutes or until the urge to pass
the enema has disappeared
8. Roll the plastic disposal bag over the empty
bottle. Discard it and wash your hands.
Please note: Pentasa Mesalazine may
cause permanent staining on contact
with clothing or fabrics.
If you use more Pentasa than you should
If you accidentally use too much, you should go to your nearest
emergency department or contact your doctor immediately. Take
the carton with you.
If you forget to use Pentasa
If you forget to use a dose, use the next dose in the morning if it is
convenient. Otherwise, use one as usual the next night. Do not
use a double dose to make up for the forgotten one
If you have any further questions on the use of this prouct, ask
further questions on the use of this product, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
all medicines, Pentasa
cause side effects, although not
everyone gets them.
and urge may occur.
if you notice:
local reactions such as itching,
face, lips or throat, difficulty in
breathing or wheeziness (signs of an allergic reaction).
if you notice:
skin rashes, fever or sore throat
swelling of the face, lips or throat, difﬁculty in
Change in colour
or amount of
of kidney problems).
• Chest pain, an increased heartbeat or excess tiredness (signs of heart
or sore throat
(signs of blood disorder).
If you experience any of the above side effects, you should contact your
side effects (affecting less than 1 indepartment
10 patients) include:
Chest pain, an increase in heartbeat or excess tiredness (signs of
If you experience any of the above side effects, you should contact
your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency department
Common side effects (affecting less than 1 in 10 patients) include:
• rash with or without itching
• stomach pain
Rare side effects (affecting less than 1 in 1,000 patients) include:
• blood disorders (e.g low
levels of red blood cells)
(anautoim mune disorder effecting the skin)
• tingling or numbness in the
hands and feet
• allergic lung reactions
(including breathing problems)
• inﬂammation of the heart or
area surrounding the heart
• changes in kidney function or
• inﬂammation of the liver
and liver failure
• inﬂammation of the pancreas
Very rare side effects (affecting less than 1 in 10,000 patients) include:
• raised liver enzymes
• Hair loss (reversible)
• joint pain
• allergic reactions
• muscle pain
• skin rash or blisters e.g.
Erythema Multiforme or
If any of these side effects become severe or if you experience
any other side effects not listed you should contact your doctor or
pharmacist as soon as possible.
5. HOW TO STORE PENTASA
Do not store above 25ºC.
Keep the foil packed bottles in the outer carton in order to protect
them from light.
Do not use after the expiry date detailed on the pack.
Keep out of reach and sight of children.
Return any old or unused medicines to your pharmacist for
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Pentasa contains
Each bottle contains 1g of the active ingredient, mesalazine
(also known as 5-aminosalicyclic acid or 5-ASA) in 100mls of
liquid. The mesalazine settles out as a separate layer. It also
contains the following inactive ingredients: disodium edetate,
sodium metabisulphite, sodium acetate, hydrochloric acid and
What Pentasa looks like and the contents of the pack
The enema is a colourless to faint yellow suspension presented
in a polythene bottle. Each pack contains 7 individually foilwrapped enema bottles and 7 polythene bags for disposal of the
empty enema bottle after use.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Ferring Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Drayton Hall, Church Road, West
Drayton,UB7 7PS, UK.
Ferring A/S, DK-2720 Vanløse, Copenhagen, Denmark.
PENTASA Mesalazine Enema PL 03194/0027
This leaﬂet was revised in May 2013.
PENTASA is a registered trademark
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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